In 2012, almost half of Chinese tourists stayed in two or three-star international hotel chains, up 10 percentage points over 2011. Some 15 percent were willing to pay for four-star-rated hotels or above, 7 percentage points higher than the year previous. "The quality of accommodations is tipped as the next big thing," said an industry observer. But the spending sprees of some Chinese consumers overseas have generated at times eye-popping news even by international standards. In 2012, Chinese travelers made some 83 million outbound trips, an annual rise of 15 percent. A KPMG study puts the growth at 71 percent this year. Get the full story at ChinaDaily